Every little New Yorker should be supported by an affordable, safe, and culturally responsive universal child care system. Yet parents are consistently unable to access care, which can force them out of the workplace, and child care workers are still among the lowest-paid workers.
Through our polling and research, we provide information and recommendations on how state and local leaders can address the child care crisis in New York and create an equitable system based on a universal, transparent quality rating and improvement system and a justly compensated workforce.
The True Cost of Child Care
Recent efforts at the community, state, and federal levels have examined and addressed some of the fiscal issues related to the prenatal-to-five system, and New York has made some of the fundamental first steps to improving access to child care for all families.
A new cost model tool, developed by Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies (P5FS) in partnership with The Education Trust–New York and the Raising NY coalition, is an opportunity to build on these efforts. The tool projects how much it would cost New York State to provide access to high-quality child care for all children under five by looking at various scenarios.
Poll: Parents’ challenges in accessing high-quality child care
*Source: October 2022 Raising NY poll
Our October 2022 poll finds that New York State parents of young children found that across all racial groups, parents of young children have encountered challenges accessing child care. Among other key findings, the poll also found that while parents overall are satisfied with their child care program, their experiences with some areas of the system can vary widely across racial lines.
Report: Living in a child care desert
Report: New York’s Capacity Crisis
There is a major child care capacity problem in New York State — seven out of 10 child care centers and half of family child care providers are at maximum capacity for infants, and most have a waitlist. And many providers are running on a deficit and have difficulty offering competitive wages and benefits.
Report: New York’s Infant and Toddler Workforce
Child care for infants and toddlers at severe risk as pandemic threatens providers across New York State
New York State has more than $134 million currently available federal CARES Act funding that the state should strategically invest to rebuild, sustain, and strengthen the state’s child care system for infants, toddlers, and other young children. In April, the state announced that it would make available $30 million in CARES Act funding for child care scholarships for essential workers and for crucial supplies for child care providers.
Raising NY findings on child care capacity highlight urgent need for New York to invest in high-quality infant and toddler care
NEW YORK – The estimated number of infant and toddler child care slots decreased in nearly every region of the state between 2009 and 2018, and many providers report that they are running on a deficit, according to new resources released today by Raising NY, a statewide coalition dedicated to increasing the number of children on track for school readiness.
Poll: Voters say strengthening early childhood is among top issues for NY to address, want state to do more to support infants and toddlers
NEW YORK – A new poll reveals that likely voters rank strengthening education and child care for all New Yorkers as among the top priorities for the state to address, with 85% saying they support the state investing more public funds to expand access to...
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